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Old 03-18-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Little whine...?

Next thing to fix:
When I turn my car on after sitting over night or while I'm at work(any long period of time really)there is a high pitched squeal coming from the front under the hood somewhere. It whines and squeaks usually for about two minutes then it goes away. I can park and go in the mall or something and come out two hours later and start her up with no more squeal. It just seems to be the initial start up of the day after letting her sit overnight or again while I'm in work. I'm assuming some kind of belt and the guy that did my stripes said that's what it was too. Don't want to be charged out the butt at Ford for a fix that should be under $30 and they charge me $300+. Anyone had this problem before and been able to locate what belt it was or how to fix it?
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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Definitely sounds like a belt.. Shouldn't be too hard to change my idiot friend did it.

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Get someone to start your car while you listen. Open the hood before this tho
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If its the belt its cheap and takes less than 5 minutes to change. Just take the pressure off of the tensioner, pull off the old belt, put the new one on and release the tensioner and your done.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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Re: Little whine...?

What belt is it? Remember I'm a newbie, tensioner should probably tell me the location but it doesn't due to my newb...ness?
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The serpentine belt, it's the big belt under the hood at the front of the motor that drives everything
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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Re: Little whine...?

Thank you sir. Are they cheap?
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Thank you sir. Are they cheap?
About 20-30 bucks
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:29 PM   #8
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Re: Little whine...?

Gahh. Money, money, money!!!

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Order from Ford or buy at auto part store?
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If you have not changed the belt pattern then just buy one from an auto parts place
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:54 PM   #10
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Just locate the tensioner on the bottom left of the pulleys.
get a rachet and the right size socket.
lift the tensioner up with the rachet and have a buddy pull the belt off
REMEMBER THE BELT PATTERN take a pic if you don't have the sticker under your hood.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:33 PM   #11
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Re: Little whine...?

HoofBeat that blew my mind lol. I've changed spark plugs in my 86 before? Besides that the only thing I've done under the hood is disconnect my battery. I'm young and stupid but willing to learn.
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So you don't understand?
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:25 PM   #13
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Re: Little whine...?

I'm sure I could figure it out, I just don't know what tensioner or pulleys are lol. And there aren't stickers on the inside of my hood so hopefully I see the pattern you were talking about, sounds important.
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Just take a picture of how the belt was routed and do the new one the same way
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May not be the belt. Mine squeals on really cold mornings. Once the motor warms up tho it goes away. Odd what could it be?
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Re: Little whine...?

Hmmm weird. You can hear it under the hood for sure though. Guess we'll find out tomorrow.
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May not be the belt. Mine squeals on really cold mornings. Once the motor warms up tho it goes away. Odd what could it be?
Could still be your belt, it just hasn't gotten bad yet. Or could be a pulley getting tired.
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If its not the belt. Although it probably is. Then check power steering pump, for power stewing pumps have a whining problem
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Re: Little whine...?

Have a second person to help with the tensioner pulley, it's alot easier that way. It's a 10 minute job. My idler pulley made noise as it aged back when. Probably belt though.
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Have a second person to help with the tensioner pulley, it's alot easier that way. It's a 10 minute job. My idler pulley made noise as it aged back when. Probably belt though.
Hoping that's all it takes with my bro. We'll see...
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